Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said recently on NFL Network he expected Rex Ryan to find a role for Michael Vick in his offense -- even if Geno Smith broke camp as the team's starting quarterback.
On Monday, Ryan dismissed the possibility, claiming he hasn't thought about using Vick as a change-of-pace option at quarterback.
Tannenbaum's opinion seemed curious given that, once upon a time, the Jets struggled mightily to build an offense that featured both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. It was a fateful organizational decision that greased the skids for Tannenbaum's exit and helped put Ryan on the hot seat.
As for the starting job, Ryan announced Monday that Smith will start Friday's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Smith has taken all first-team reps in training camp and remains a heavy favorite in the team's mock competition.
Vick should get his chance to make an impact with the Jets at some point. For now, patience is the key.
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